Anand draws Topalov; maintains crucial lead after Rd 5

Zeenews Bureau

Sofia: World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand has remained in the lead of the world title match in here after he and his Bulgarian opponent Veselin Topalov drew the fifth game.

The two chess Grand Masters repeated the variation of the Slav Defense that occurred in the third game, with Topalov failing to gain a decisive advantage with the white pieces. The game ended on the 44th move.

Anand is in the lead with 3:2 points, and Topalov will play with the black pieces in the next two games, as the opponents will have to switch after the 6th game on Saturday.

Anand and Topalov will play a total of 12 games, and if there is still no winner, there will be four more games in a rapid tiebreak.